ECA News

Support staff added at ECA Learning Centers

Early Childhood Alliance is providing enhanced family and teacher support at its two Learning Centers in Fort Wayne.


Recognizing a gap across the region for early childhood services for birth to three, ECA created the position of Manager of Birth to Three Services, beginning at its own Centers. In this position Jill Davidson works closely with ECA’s birth to three teachers to increase quality of care and teacher knowledge of best practices in those classrooms through onsite coaching support and professional development, with plans to offer support for similar enhancements in area early childhood programs.


Kacey Deverell, Director of Early Learning Services, is responsible for implementing on-site support for the two nationally accredited Learning Centers, creating and developing ongoing professional development plans for Center managers and educators of birth through school age groups.


Nan Malloy, Family Advocate, builds partnerships with families and staff to improve outcomes for children. She also connects families with resources within the community, based on their needs.

Jill Davidson

Kacey Deverell

Nan Malloy

ECA Development Officer, Center Administrator Named

Tricia Willard has been named Chief Development Officer for Early Childhood Alliance (ECA). She is responsible for grant writing and administration, annual fundraising events, and development of partner/sponsor relationships. Willard moves into the position with several years of experience within the organization, including Learning Center Administrator and Director of Family Engagement Services.


Shannon Gage, Chief Program Officer, has expanded responsibilities as Learning Center Administrator. She now oversees an expanded management and support team at ECA’s two nationally accredited Learning Centers in Fort Wayne in addition to oversight of ECA’s family support services and food program. Gage has served in several positions with ECA, including Child Care Resource & Referral Program Director and Center Director.


Tricia Willard
Shannon Gage

ECA Welcomes New Staff

ECA’s Downtown Learning Center, 516 E Wayne St, recently welcomed Tiffany Blevins as the new teacher for before/after school care classroom; and Tammy Spillers in the infant classrooms.

New to ECA’s Beacon Learning Center, 2125 Beacon St, are Makayla Hickle and Dionne Starks, in preschool classrooms; Shelly Meredith, Nicole Waters and Jayma Muston in toddler classrooms; and Ashley Olson in an infant classroom. Sheryl Deyer also joined Beacon as food service staff.

Tiffany Blevins
Tammy Spillers
Makayla Hickle
Dionne Starks
Shelly Meredith
Nicole Waters
Jayma Muston
Sheryl Deyer